Name That Trauma :: Reader Allison on a Cockroach-Filled Chest Cavity

In the early 1980s (need more specific? Let’s say 1983-1987), my mom wanted to a see a movie for her birthday in November. She picked out what she thought was an indie film with a non-scary plot; I was 5-6 and would be tagging along. About half-way through the movie, the main character wakes up in the middle of having open-heart surgery. There’s a curtain hanging between his head and chest, and there’s no one in the stark white operating room. He pulls the curtain apart to see his chest cavity is split open. All of a sudden, millions of cockroaches come pouring out of his chest, spilling all over the floor. At that point, my dad swooped me up and quickly removed me from the theater. I think I remember seeing SNOW WHITE posters in the lobby and I see that it was re-released in 1983 and 1987.

I know that’s not a lot to go on, but won’t someone please help me out?


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Rhiannon Joy
Rhiannon Joy (@fb665160280)
9 years ago

Can’t help you with your query, but wanted to say how much Snake Plisskin rocks!!!

chopmeup (@chopmeup)
9 years ago

Bliss (1985)? Here’s a review that mentions your trauma:

llama (@llama)
9 years ago

Sounds like Creepshow to me.

David Fullam
David Fullam (@fb1004515993)
9 years ago

Has to be Bliss, a sadly neglected film.

Binrow The Heretic
Binrow The Heretic (@binrow-the-heretic)
9 years ago

BLISS is a terrific movie. I sure wish it was available on DVD in the US, I haven’t seen it since the 80s.

It does unique things with what is a kind of familiar premise – the lead character can’t tell if he’s going mad or if he’s really in Hell.